Our lecturers are hand-picked for their in-depth expertise and ability to convey their experiences to maximise the learning experience of our delegates. They also are friendly, approachable, and able to have a good laugh! The intensive, yet informal, atmosphere at the XML Summer School gives delegates the opportunity to pick the brains of our expert faculty, both during the classes and afterwards over a meal or in the bar.
The Faculty Board operates under the stewardship of Course Director, Dr Lauren Wood. Each year it decides on the appropriate courses and curriculum and invites the fantastic array of experts to prepare and deliver classes.
Adam Retter | Alex Milowski | Dr. Andy Seaborne | Blaine Cook | Debbie Lapeyre | Florent Georges | Graham Klyne | Helen Porter | Professor John Chelsom | John Snelson | Kal Ahmed | Dr. Lauren Wood | Liam Quin | Dr. Libby Miller | Matt Patterson | Dr. Michael Kay | Norm Walsh | Peter Flynn | Philip Fennell | Priscilla Walmsley | Robin Wilton | Tomos Hillman | Tony Graham
Faculty Board Members
- Debbie Lapeyre
Ms. Lapeyre has been working with XML, XSLT, and XPath since their inception and with SGML (XML's predecessor) since 1984. Debbie is an architect and developer of XML Tag Sets (vocabularies) who designs and writes the schemas (DTD, XSD, RELAX NG) that model those vocabularies. Most recently, she serves as the architect and as a member of the design team for the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite, now the de facto standard for tagging journal articles worldwide. As a document-oriented publishing analyst, Debbie helps clients to analyze their information management, retrieval, and distribution/publication requirements and translates these requirements into functioning production systems, based on XML technologies. As a senior XSLT and XSL-FO consultant for Mulberry Technologies, Inc., she designs both pages and specifications for complex XSLT transforms and stylesheets as well as develops prototype XSLT applications. Debbie is a member of the XML Guild. She is also a co-chair of "Balisage: The Markup Conference" and has previously co-chaired "Extreme Markup Languages", "Markup Technologies", and the annual international "SGML/XML'XX Conference". She teaches XML, XSLT, XSL-FO, Schematron, What-is-XML-and-Why-Should-You-Care, and XML print workflows at venues all over the English-speaking world.
Debbie teaches in the Hands-On Introduction to XML course.
- Helen Porter
Helen Porter is the XML Summer School Coordinator. She takes care of all the administration for the Summer School, including liaising with the college and responding to registration queries.
- Professor John Chelsom
John is the XML Summer School Symposiarch. He founded the Summer School with colleagues from CSW in 2000 and has taught every year since.
- Dr. Lauren Wood
Lauren Wood is an independent consultant, with a focus on standards-based healthcare and XML. She has a long history in working with XML, and before that SGML, starting with working in the publishing industry. Next, as Director of Product Technology for SoftQuad, she had significant input into SoftQuad’s XMetaL XML editor. She chaired the US XML Conference from 2001 to 2005, chaired the W3C DOM Working Group from its inception to the end of Level 2, and played an active role in many other OASIS and W3C technical committees, as well as the Liberty Alliance where she represented Sun Microsystems. Her wide-ranging experience includes roles as business analyst, technical facilitator, sanity-checker, and project manager, depending on the needs of the project.
Lauren has been a Faculty member of the Summer School since the beginning. She occasionally blogs on issues technical and otherwise.
- Norm Walsh
Norman (Norm) Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he works with the Application Services team. Norm is also an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he is chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the DocBook Technical Committee. With almost twenty years of industry experience, Norm is well known for his work on DocBook and a wide range of open source projects. He is the author of DocBook: The Definitive Guide.
- Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn has over 30 years experience in IT and information management. He currently manages the electronic publishing unit at University College Cork, and also has his own text management consultancy, Silmaril Consultants, where he works mainly with industrial production and research systems.
Peter was a member of the W3C's XML Special Interest Group and a member of the IETF's Working Group on HTML. He is maintainer of the XML FAQ and author of The World-Wide Web Handbook (ITCP, 1995) and Understanding SGML and XML Tools (Kluwer, 1998). He has recently been researching the usability of editors for structured documents.
In what's left of his time he likes to cook, surf, read, and listen to early music.
- Priscilla Walmsley
Priscilla Walmsley is a senior consultant and managing director at Datypic, specializing in XML architecture and implementation. She is an expert in XML core technologies (XQuery, XSLT, XML Schema), content management and service-oriented architectures.
Priscilla was a member of the W3C XML Schema Working Group from 1999 to 2004, where she served as an Invited Expert. She is the author of Definitive XML Schema (Prentice Hall PTR, 2001), and XQuery (O’Reilly Media, 2007). In addition, she co-authored Web Service Contract Design and Versioning for SOA (Prentice Hall 2008).
- Adam Retter
Adam Retter is both an independent consultant and a co-founder of eXist Solutions GmbH. Adam has been working with XML technologies and contributing to eXist since 2005. He has almost 15 years of experience in building Web Applications and Distributed Application Architectures. Adam has worked with many different technologies and programming languages in the past, but has been particularly enjoying XQuery and Scala over the last few years. Adam is passionate about Open Source and Open Standards. As such he is an invited expert on the W3C XQuery Working Group and sits on the peer-review panels of the XML Prague, Balisage, and XML London conferences. Adam also founded the EXQuery project in early 2009, and has since been working with the XML community and as part of the EXPath project to standardise and improve XML application development with XQuery, XSLT and XPath.
Adam’s homepage is at http://www.adamretter.org.uk
- Alex Milowski
Alex Milowski is a researcher and developer who has been working with markup since 1990 and XML since its inception. He is an invited expert at the W3C and has participated on the development of XSL FO, XSLT, XML Schema, and XProc. As a developer, he's produced many different XML-related technologies and open-source projects.
With over 20 years of industry experience, he has worked at a wide range of companies using XML technologies for commerce and publishing. In amongst those endeavors, he has also taught XML technologies at the University of California Berkeley's School of Information, pursued an advanced degree in Mathematics, and is currently working on a PhD in Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Alex teaches in the Publishing With XML course.
- Dr. Andy Seaborne
Andy has been working on the storage and query of RDF data, first as a researcher at HPLabs, and now at Epimorphics. Andy is continuing his participation in the SPARQL standardization process. He started as a member of the W3C RDF Data Access Working Group and is a member of the current W3C SPARQL Working Group. Andy co-edits the query language specification and lead the proposal submission for SPARQL Update and is a member of the W3C RDF Working Group.He also works on Apache Jena, an open source RDF framework for Java, where he contributed the query engine, ensuring that complete implementations of the standards are available, and several persistent storage sub-systems.
Andy has a PhD in Computer Science from the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.
Andy teaches in the Semantic Technologies course.
- Blaine Cook
Blaine is a BC-bred, now London-based sociotechnologist, a hacker dissatisfied by simply building software. His long-term obsession is fostering anarchic networks as a counter-point to the centralised systems that have come to dominate the web over the past decade. Through numerous collaborations, he has developed protocols and concepts that are forming the basis for many social internet technologies yet to come. His past work as the founding architect of Twitter has seen broad adoption both culturally and technologically. He is currently working on a new venture to bring powerful collaborative tools to writers of the world with his partner, author and poet Maureen Evans.
Blaine teaches in the Trends and Transients course.
- Florent Georges
Florent Georges is the founder and CTO of H2O Consulting. He has been involved in the XML world for 10 years, especially within the XSLT and XQuery communities. He is an invited expert in the XSL working group at W3C. His main interests are in the field of XSLT and XQuery extensions and libraries, packaging, unit and functional testing, and portability between several processors. Since the beginning of 2009, he has worked on EXPath, to define “standard” extension function libraries that can be used in XPath (so in XSLT, XQuery and XProc as well). Florent’s website is at http://h2oconsulting.be/.
Florent teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.
- Graham Klyne
After obtaining a degree in Applied Mathematics, Graham Klyne has been a software developer for many years, working on a variety of applications from scientific measurement to industrial process control, currency trading networks to engineering design software, and points between. Along the way, he has learned a variety of software skills from programming early microprocessors in machine code and C to semantic web applications in Python and Haskell. He has also contributed to several Internet and Web standards, including the specifications for RDF, and is currently working at Oxford University on using semantic web technologies and more for managing research data.
Graham teaches in the Semantic Technologies course.
- John Snelson
John Snelson is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic where he works on the Server Development team. John has spent the last 11 years working with XML, and 9 years working on databases like Oracle's Berkeley DB XML and MarkLogic. He is a member of the W3C XQuery Working Group and the W3C XSLT Working Group, and co-editor of a number of XQuery specifications. He has worked on language implementations of XQuery, XSLT, and most recently SPARQL, and on database transactions, indexes, and compression.
John teaches in the Semantic Technologies course.
- Kal Ahmed
Kal Ahmed is founder of NetworkedPlanet, a software house specializing in standards-based knowledge and content management solutions for Microsoft platforms. In previous jobs he has worked for Xerox in XML document management systems; for Ontopia in developing and deploying Topic Maps-based solutions; and as an independent consultant with a focus on XML, Topic Maps and RDF.
Kal is a contributor to dotNetRDF, an open-source platform for RDF-based applications that use the Microsoft .NET framework; and to BrightstarDB, an open-source RDF triple-store for .NET as well as playing around in a few other interesting applications in linked data over on github (github.com/kal and github.com/brightstardb). What is left of his spare time is now entirely consumed by photographing and playing roller derby.
Kal teaches in the Semantic Technologies course.
- Liam Quin
Liam Quin has worked for the World Wide Web Consortium since 2001 and is the XML Activity Lead; he is also involved in the W3C's new Publishing initiative. He is a co-author of the recently-published "Beginning XML 5th Edition", and in between consulting jobs he also runs a website mixing stock antique images with reference books at fromoldbooks.org.
Previously, Liam worked at SoftQuad Inc., one of the leading SGML vendors, and was heavily involved in the creation of the XML specification. He has a background in markup and digital typography going back to the early 1980s when he got his undergraduate degree at Warwick University.
Liam teaches in the Trends and Transients course.
- Dr. Libby Miller
Dr Libby Miller is a Producer within the BBC's R&D division. She currently works on the ViSTA-TV EU project on the use and visualisation of real-time IPTV statistics. Before that, she led the BBC's part of NoTube, including work on APIs to TV for second screens, resolution of broadcast metadata to web metadata, synchronised social experiences, and recommendations and serendipity.
Before joining the BBC Libby worked as a product and project manager at the IPTV company Joost, and prior to that worked on the Semantic Web, co-creating the FOAF vocabulary and writing and implementing one of the first RDF query languages.
She holds a PhD in Economics.
Libby teaches in the Trends and Transients course.
- Matt Patterson
Matt has been building for the web for over 10 years, doing everything from web design and front-end development all the way through to back-end development. He was one of the founding developers of the UK’s Government Digital Service, has worked on critically-acclaimed videogames, is involved with the Rails Girls movement, coaching aspiring developers, and has been doing a lot of work with data and visualisation.
He's a consultant and one of the founders of KANT Berlin.
Matt teaches in the Hands-on Web Publishing course.
- Dr. Michael Kay
Dr. Michael Kay is the founder and technical director of Saxonica Limited, which develops both the open source and commercial variants of the Saxon XSLT and XQuery processor, as well as offering XML-related consultancy services.Michael is an invited expert on the W3C working groups developing XSLT, XQuery, and XML Schema. In particular he is the technical lead on the XSL Working Group, which is currently developing a new version of the language to handle streaming transformations of large documents. He is also the author of the definitive reference book on XSLT 2.0, and has written numerous articles and conference papers on XSLT, XQuery, and related technologies. He is a member of the XML Guild, a group of leading independent XML consultants, and joint winner of the XML Cup in 2005, awarded for contributions to the XML community.
Dr. Kay spent nearly 25 years with the British computer manufacturer ICL (later Fujitsu) where he designed and implemented a wide range of data management software products; appointed an ICL Fellow, he was also responsible for advising the company’s senior management and customers on technology strategy. He gained his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge for research on database management systems, studying under Maurice Wilkes. Michael lives in Reading, England, 25 miles down the road from Oxford.
Michael teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.
- Philip Fennell
Philip Fennell is a MarkLogic Consultant who is never happier than when he's slaving over a pot of hot XSLT, although now he's loving his XQuery too. Originally trained in the printing industry, he worked as an applications specialist, GUI designer and technical author before finding a happy home specializing in XML and its related technologies. Since turning web developer in 2000 he has had the opportunity to work in the domains of Content Management, Publishing, Document Processing and the Semantic Web.
Previously Philip has blogged for the O'Reilly Community http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3413 and has been involved in the W3C's XForms Working Group.
Philip teaches in the Semantic Technologies course.
- Robin Wilton
Robin Wilton is Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy, in the Internet Society's Trust and Identity Initiatives group. Since 2001 he has specialised in digital identity, privacy and public policy, building a reputation as a thought leader, communicator and translator between different stakeholder groups.
Before joining the Internet Society Robin spent two years as a research analyst in Gartner's Identity and Privacy Strategies team, where – in addition to his privacy work - he specialised in public key infrastructure, electronic signature, single sign-on and federated identity.
Robin's experience includes stints with IBM in systems engineering, technical support and consulting roles; as Principal Consultant at JCP Trustbase Ltd., a start-up specialising in Java cryptography and PKI-enabling middleware; with Sun Microsystems in technical pre-sales and the CTO team; and as an independent consultant on privacy and digital identity, during which time he was also Director of Privacy and Public Policy for the Kantara Initiative.
Robin has an MA in Philosophy and Modern Languages, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society with Chartered IT Professional status. For more details see http://www.internetsociety.org/who-we-are/staff/robin-wilton. This page also supplied Robin's photo.
Robin teaches in the Trends and Transients course.
- Tomos Hillman
Tom is a Senior Data Engineer for Oxford University Press.
At OUP, he is responsible for the design and maintenance of custom data models for books and legal materials. His job role includes XML processing, supplier documentation, and quality control systems. He also advises on digital workflows and strategy, and writes and delivers internal training.
Tomos teaches in the Publishing With XML course.
- Tony Graham
Tony Graham is an independent consultant who has been working with markup since 1991, with XML since 1996, and with XSL/XSLT since 1998. He is an invited expert on the W3C Working Group defining the XSL FO specification, an acknowledged expert in XSLT, developer of the open source xmlroff XSL formatter, a committer to both the XSpec and Juxy XSLT testing frameworks, the author of "Unicode: A Primer", a member of the XML Guild, and a qualified trainer.
Tony's career in XML and SGML spans Japan, USA, and Ireland, working with data in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and with academic, automotive, publishing, software, and telecommunications applications. He has also spoken about XML, XSLT, XSL FO, EPUB, and related technologies to clients and conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Tony teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.